As we are still on the topic of the history of Irish weightlifting, I thought I would post this video that I made earlier today. In 1999, a group of Irish weightlifters including Wayne Healy, Joe Kerr, Jimmy Power and David Daly went to compete in Athens for the Senior men's World Weightlifting Championships. They were coached by the inimitable John McDaid and he actually recorded a fair bit of footage from the competition. I got the dvd off Wayne and took the liberty of editing it and here it is. Each of the lifters except Daly are shown competing and there are also a few training lifts at the end, one of which shows Wayne Snatching 120kg and Cleaning 145kg a few days after competing in the 62kg class. Hopefully you enjoy the video. I know we can get to the stage where we have a number of lifters competing in the World Championships again. The standard is 335 sinclair points. Now, we have to train with intelligence and intensity in order to get there.
In my own training, I had another laid back session in my recovery week. Tommy Hayden was in Hercs and he had a look at my Snatching. I was working my my technique and getting proper extension and keeping the bar close while also trying with a wider than usual grip. I have a long way to go. I did lots of doubles and ended up with two easy singles with 100kg. I then Front Squat and Jerked up to 130 and after a paltry attempt at 140, left it there. I did around twenty minutes of self-myofacial release on my cardboard roller that Colin Bell so graciously gave me; I then had a ten minute sauna and was done for the day.